LeBron James’ decision to leave the Heat for the Cavaliers was pretty well-received. People ate up that going-home narrative.
But in 2010, LeBron invited plenty of scrutiny by participating in The Decision TV program, in which he announced his plan to sign with Miami. LeBron became the NBA’s biggest villain, as people lined up to hate on him.
One of the naysayers was Kobe Bryant.
Bryant sends James a text message. It goes like this:
“Go ahead and get another MVP, if you want. And find the city you want to live in. But we’re going to win the championship. Don’t worry about it.”
Of course, LeBron James won a couple MVPs – and championships – in Miami. Kobe, meanwhile, has yet to win either since then.
But that’s not really the point. I love Kobe’s competitiveness. I love that he couldn’t think that and use it personally as motivation. He had to text LeBron and share the sentiment.
Kobe is not afraid to challenge anyone. Sometimes, it works. Sometimes, it doesn’t. But it always makes him compelling.